Elder Lawyer in Ft. Washington PA, Pennsylvania, PA, PA Elder Law, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medicaid, Estate Planning

Michelle C. Berk, Esquire

Education:
Born Montgomery County, Pennsylvania November 23, 1956; 1974 graduate of Abington Friends School; 1978 graduate of Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences International Relations Major;1981 Widener University School of Law Juris Doctor; 1981 Admitted to Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1981; Montgomery Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1981, American Bar Association; United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982; United State Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1983; Pennsylvania Bar Institute Estate Practice Certificate, 2003; Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1985.

Areas of Law Practice in Pennsylvania:
Elder Law; Guardianships; Social Security Disability; Estate Planning; Estate Administration & Probate; Family Law; Real Estate; General Practice; Accredited attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Our legal practice includes practice in Montgomery County, PA, Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and more.

Memberships:
Co-Chair, Montgomery County Bar Association Elder Law Committee; Director, Montgomery County Bar Association; National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA); Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Association Elder Law Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Family Law Sections; Eastern Regional Advisory Board of the Pa. Collaborative of Human Services Agencies; Foster Grandparents; Montgomery County American Inns of Court; National Organization of Social Security Claimants'™ Representatives (NOSSCR); Network Connections; Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS); Widener University School of Law Women's Initiative Committee; Pennsylvania Care Alliance of Delaware Valley (PCADV)

Boards of Directors:
Advisory Council, Aging and Adult Services Advisory Board; Montgomery County Elder Justice Roundtable; Bnai Zion Foundation; Board of Directors of Montgomery Bar Association; Eastern Regional Collaborative Network of Montgomery County Health and Human Services Agency; Elder Mediation Advisory Board; Foster Grandparent Advisory Council; Board of Directors of Temple Sinai; VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Advisory Board

Elder Law Publications:
Co-Author and Co-Editor Montgomery County Elder Law HandbookGuide to Legal Issues for Pennsylvania Senior CitizensMontgomery County Civil Practice Manual; and Elder Law Reference Guide.

Awards and Certificates:
Alzheimer's Association Cert. of Appreciation; Elder Law Certificate of Appreciation; Estate Practice Certificate; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Membership; Rotary Club; Insurance Producer License; Awesome Attorneys 2012

Articles and Presentations:
Consumer's Rights- Protection and Consumer Fraud; Grandparents Custody and Visitation; Practical Application of Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Orders; Social Security Disability and Retirement Benefits; Rights of Nursing Home Residents; The Patients' Bill of Rights; Senior Drivers; Benefits for Senior Non-Citizens; Driving Rights for Seniors; Navigating the Legal Documents You May Need; Sanctions and Revocations of Nursing Home Licenses; Do Not Call Lists; Sanctions and Revocation of Nursing Home and Personal Care Facilities Licenses; The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); Estate Planning; Your Will-Your Way; Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorneys; Drafting Your Health Care Power of Attorney; Guardianships; Real Property Issues-Options and Risks for Retirees and the Elderly; Advance Health Care Declarations; Aging and Adult Services; Internet Infidelity; Marital Rights for Seniors; contributor to Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar. Presenter and lecturer to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute; Montgomery County Bar Association; Alzheimer's Association; Senior Adult Activity Centers and Caregivers Groups. Provider of continuing education to personal care, assisted living and nursing home administrators.

Teaching Positions:
Faculty- Penn State University Paralegal Program. Provider of continuing education to social workers, Personal Care and Nursing Home Administrators.


Sponsorships:
Outrunning Senior Hunger by S.A.A.C. of Montgomery County


Personal:

Rider and Safety Ambassador in MS 150 City to Shore Bike Ride; Ambler Area Running Club; Re-elected as a Montgomery County, PA Committee Person by an overwhelming margin in the PA primary elections; Ambassador for Susan G. Komen For the Cure; Pennsylvania Bar Association Wills for Heroes Volunteer; Pennsylvania licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent; Alzheimer's Association Champion and Volunteer.